Special Olympics North Carolina names new co-coordinator for Buncombe County

Karla Furnari of Asheville has been named the new co-coordinator for Special Olympics Buncombe County effective immediately, according to SONC President/CEO Keith L. Fishburne.

In this volunteer position, Furnari will assist fellow co-coordinator Josh O’Conner as they manage a volunteer committee that carries out Special Olympics activities within Buncombe County and helps provide sports training, competition opportunities and health and wellness initiatives for children and adults who have intellectual disabilities. Under Furnari and O’Conner’s leadership, the committee will recruit, train and manage local volunteers and work to increase athlete participation.

Furnari is currently employed by Bucombe County Parks and Recreation and has assisted with Special Olympics activities for multiple years.  She handles Special Olympics Buncombe County’s social media efforts and has introduced non-competition events to the local program including CrossFit, kickball and social events.

To get involved in Special Olympics in Buncombe County, Furnari can be reached at

Editor’s Note: a photo of Karla Furnari is attached.

About Special Olympics North Carolina
Special Olympics North Carolina offers year-round sports training and competition for nearly 40,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. These athletes inspire greatness through their success and provide motivation to the thousands of coaches, sports officials, local program committee members and event organizers involved in Special Olympics statewide.  SONC offers Olympic-type competition in 19 sports on local and state levels as well as health and wellness initiatives to improve the health status and increase access to community health resources for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Youth become agents of change through Unified Champion Schools, an education and sports based program created by Special Olympics to build an inclusive environment among youth with and without intellectual disabilities as well as empower them to become youth leaders and create change in their community. Visit Special Olympics North Carolina at  Engage with us on;
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